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Business is up on Wall Street, but not nearly enough to start popping bottles.

Investment banking revenues at the top-12 banks hit $US82 billion during the first half of 2017, according to data from industry consultant Coalition.

That’s a 4% increase from last year, but still a yawning gap from the performance of 2012 to 2015, when first-half sales never dipped below $US91.5 billion.

And while first-half performance so far is beating 2016, that’s mostly thanks to a strong first quarter. Second-quarter revenues were ugly, coming in at $US39.5 billion, or 5% less than the year prior.

The data includes revenues for: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, and UBS.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Wall Street revenues so far have eclipsed the torpid pace set in 2016, thanks to a 19% gain on the investment banking side. Equities performance lagged though.


The second-quarter, however, saw a 5% dip from 2016 thanks to a steep drop off in fixed income revenue.


Overall, fixed income revenues were up slightly in the first half, hitting $38.5 billion. The division had been on a steady decline since 2012. Commodities hit $1.3 billion, the lowest level since 2006 thanks to continued struggles in energy and natural gas.


Equities revenues are down from 2016, with cash equities -- which fell $400 million or 8% from 2016 -- responsible for most of the drag.


Investment banking was the bright spot. Revenues reached $21 billion, a 19% jump from 2016, thanks to healthy rebounds in both equity and debt capital markets.


The staff downsizing trend continued unabated, though less rapidly than prior years. Headcount has fallen 20% since 2012, from 65,400 to 52,600.


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